To find our existing preserves and natural areas, explore the map and list below. PLEASE NOTE: To learn about properties that we are currently working to protect – but are not yet complete and therefore not on the map below – please visit page our Active Projects page. Also make sure to review the Winter Access Guide for winter recreation tips.

 

PRESERVES

Conservancy preserves are lands protected, owned and managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Visitors to these properties can expect to experience similar signage, interpretive maps and kiosks.

Indicates a Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Preserve

OTHER PROTECTED LANDS

Other protected lands are defined as properties that GTRLC protected on behalf of local units of government, like townships or counties, which are owned and managed by the municipalities after protection.

Acme Shoreline (UA)

Grand Traverse County / 4 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming
  • Universal Access

Antrim Creek Natural Area

Antrim County / 156 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Trail Running

Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve (UA)

Benzie County, Manistee County / 3800 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running
  • Universal Access

Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve (UA)

Manistee County / 313 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Universal Access

Arcadia Sunset Beach

Manistee County / 10 Acres

  • Birding
  • Parking
  • Swimming

Bauer Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 362 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas

Betsie Dunes Nature Sanctuary

Benzie County / 88.56 Acres

  • Sanctuary

Brinkman Bog Nature Sanctuary

Grand Traverse County / 51 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Sanctuary

Bullhead Lake Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 28 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing

Carter Strong Nature Sanctuary

Grand Traverse County / 6 Acres

  • Birding
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Cedar River Natural Area

Antrim County / 193 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking

Cedar Run Creek Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 318 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing

Cosner & Bennett-Barnes Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 135 Acres

  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas

Deepwater Point

Grand Traverse County / 17 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming

Elberta Dunes South Natural Area

Benzie County / 58 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Scenic Vistas

Elisabeth Parr Nature Sanctuary

Benzie County / 5 Acres

  • Sanctuary

Fruithaven Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 176 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking

Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area

Antrim County / 765 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running

Golden Days Loon Nature Sanctuary

Antrim County / 18 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 242 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Swimming
  • Trail Running

Halladay-Blackhurst-Chowning Nature Preserve

Grand Traverse County / 40 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Trail Running

Hickory Meadows

Grand Traverse County / 116 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running

Howard and Mary Dunn Edwards Nature Sanctuary

Grand Traverse County / 77 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Sanctuary

John J. Helstrom Quiet Area

Benzie County / 40 Acres

  • Sanctuary

Kewadin Wetlands Nature Sanctuary

Antrim County / 40 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Loon Nursery Natural Area

Antrim County / 32 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Parking

Lower Woodcock Lake Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 230 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Scenic Vistas

Man Made Lake

Manistee County / 14 Acres

  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming

Maple Bay Farm

Grand Traverse County / 11 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Swimming

Maple Bay Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 452 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Swimming

Maplehurst Natural Area

Antrim County / 389 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running

Medenbrook Nature Sanctuary

Benzie County / 37 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Misty Acres: The Borwell Preserve

Benzie County, Manistee County / 627 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Skiing

Mitchell Creek Nature Sanctuary

Grand Traverse County / 128 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Sanctuary

North Skegemog Nature Sanctuary

Antrim County / 37 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Palastra-Holm Nature Sanctuary

36 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Papoose Lake Nature Sanctuary

Kalkaska County / 46 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Sanctuary

Pearl Lake

Benzie County / 249 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing

Pelizzari Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 62 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running

Petobego Creek Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 240 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hunting
  • Parking

Pyatt Lake: The Bill Carls Nature Preserve

Grand Traverse County / 159 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas

Railroad Point Natural Area

Benzie County / 207 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Swimming

Ransom Lake Natural Area

Benzie County / 220 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running
  • Universal Access

Reffitt Nature Preserve (George & Ada Reffitt Nature Preserve)

Grand Traverse County / 106 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Parking

Sagaser Nature Sanctuary

Benzie County / 20 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Sanctuary

Seven Bridges

Kalkaska County / 314 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking

Skegemog Lake Wildlife Area

Antrim County, Kalkaska County / 3300 Acres

  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Skiing

South & Fox Island Nature Preserves

Grand Traverse County / 24 Acres

  • Fishing
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Swimming

South Boardman Preserve

Kalkaska County / 111 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking

South Branch Nature Preserve

Grand Traverse County / 47 Acres

  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Parking

South Long Lake Forest

Grand Traverse County / 228 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running

St. Clair Lake-Six Mile Lake Nature Preserve (UA)

Antrim County / 255 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Universal Access

The Gorge Nature Sanctuary

Grand Traverse County / 18 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Sanctuary

Timbers Recreation Area

Grand Traverse County / 250 Acres

  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Trail Running
  • Universal Access

Torch Bay Beach

Antrim County / 38 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming

Torch Lake Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 95 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Trail Running

Trapp Farm Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 140 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting

Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 180 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking

Upper Manistee Headwaters: The Milock Family Preserve

Kalkaska County / 1288 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing

W.L. Criger Wetland Nature Sanctuary

Antrim County / 5 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Wilcox-Palmer-Shah Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 57.64 Acres

  • Birding
  • Parking
  • Swimming

Wintergreen Woods Nature Preserve

Grand Traverse County

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing

Yuba Creek Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 413 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running